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is on the path to defeat. >> we decimated the leaders. >> on the path to defeat and osama bin laden is dead. >> we decimated al qaeda central, eliminated osama bin laden. >> al qaeda is much weaker than it was when i came into office. >> osama bin laden is dead, and general motors as a live. >> the war in afghanistan is coming to a close. al qaeda is on the path to the feet. osama bin laden is dead. >> today the core of al qaeda in afghanistan and pakistan is on the path of the feet. the remaining operators spend more time thinking about their own safety and plotting against us. lou: joining us now, radio talk-show host, fox news contributor, former reagan political director, fox is political analyst. thank you both for being here. a defeat for al qaeda, and today we are watching the united states close 19 of our facilities in the middle east and north africa. your reaction? >> my reaction is that the president obviously did what he thought he had to to get reelected instead of talking in terms of an ongoing threat. he made some progress, but it's an ongoing threat that will be the the rest
on the cards. he got rid of virtually the entire top leadership of al-qaeda with the exception of osama bin laden who eventually was caught. >> now we agree. bring bush back. >> i don't see this as partisan. i am not making it partisan. >> you keep talking about the two presidents and this is america. if a come play sen see is our biggest enemy we should work together and say, look, do you trust the government, or do you not? skepticism is healthy in a democracy. every bit of skepticism they got today and for the administration was the same as the bush administration. i think that is probably a good thing. >> doesn't decimate mean you destroy everything but one-10th of one percent? >> i am not sure of the exact definition. >> can you get back to me 1234* we are talking talking about al-qaeda being decimated. >> there should be no doubt. today america is stronger and al-qaeda is on the path to defeat. we decimated al-qaeda's leadership. >> al-qaeda is on the path to defeat and bin laden is dead. >> we december saw -- decimated al-qaeda central and eliminated osama bin laden. >> al-qaeda is m
it a chance to rebuild is now within our reach. thanks to air force personnel who did their part, osama bin laden is no longer a threat to our country. we've put al qaeda on the path to defeat. >> osama bin laden is dead and general motors is alive. >> al qaeda is on the path to defeat and osama bin laden is dead. al qaeda is on the path to defeat and osama bin laden is dead. >> we decimated al qaeda central, we have eliminated osama bin laden. that was our purpose. >> well, colonel, it appears that's not the case. your reaction? >> well, bin laden is dead, but radical islam is alive and well. how is that arab spring working out for you, mr. obama? here's the problem. they're lying to themselves, they've been lying to us. this global warning is nothing more than evidence of the o-team's a businebysmal failure protection of america. and that report on the two leaders in yemen. remember, september is the 16th anniversary of the bombings in kenya and tanzania. anniversaries matter to these people, sean. this crowd didn't take that heed back on september 11. it means more suicide bombers, and t
leadership of al qaeda with the exception of osama bin laden who was eventually caught. >> why are we making this -- i don't see this as partisan. the most dangerous -- we keep talking about the two presidents, this is america, and if complacency is our biggest enemy, we should all work together and say look, do you trust the government or not. skepticism, healthy in a democracy, and every bit of skepticism they got today for the administration was the same as the bush administration used to do. i think that's probably a good thing. >> decimate means you destroy everything but 10%? >> i think maybe, not sure about the technical definition. >> can you get back to me while we roll the tape where they talk about al qaeda being decimated. >> there should be no doubt today america is stronger and al qaeda is on the path to defeat. we decimated al qaeda's leadership. al qaeda is on the path to defeat and bin laden is dead. >> we decimated al qaeda central, we eliminated osama bin laden. >> al qaeda is much weaker than it was when i came into office. >> osama bin laden is dead and general motors is
. in 2001, he was osama bin laden's personal secretary. the u.s. had been tracking his chatter, but in recent days, one official said, "a lot started blinking red." so now, look at the map, u.s. embassies shut across 7,000 miles. right in the middle, egypt. here in cairo, this is as close as you can get to the embassy. which is a good five-minute walk behind these concrete bricks and behind these bricks, two egyptian military armored personnel carriers just in case. >> a new travel alert warns americans all over the world. that means 27-year-old ashley brandenburg is taking small precautions. >> for me i don't go near the embassy. i don't go downtown, i avoid any protests or demonstrations. i keep to myself and stay within my neighborhood. >> reporter: and back home, authorities are also taking pre cautions. they say there's no specific threat, but they admit an air of mystery worldwide. homeland security officials increasing immigration checks and boosting security on public transit and airports. ant tonight security officials on cairo are on high alert because the head of al
is on the run and osama bin laden is dead. >> reporter: the white house aide said the cia director and other officials noted al qaeda affiliates were gaining steam. >> did he give the full picture to the people in the campaign about the threat of al qaeda, when that was his talking about again and again? >> it is indisputable the elimination of osama bin laden was a major accomplishment in the effort against al qaeda. we have been clear and the president has been clear that the threat from al qaeda very much remains. >> reporter: republicans know al qaeda in the arabian peninsula is its deadliest affiliate of all. >> al qaeda is in many ways stronger than 9/11, because it mutated and spread and come at us different directions. >> reporter: tense times in the mid east, where the u.s. is having talks in egypt with a jailed senior leader of muslim brotherhood, amid fears the government is losing control of key cities. >> that will allow the sinai to become as you said wild west of terrorism where groups like al qaeda and hamas can coordinate and plot attacks. >> reporter: as the egyptian govern
noting an attack could have happened as early as yesterday. once the personal secretary to osama bin laden, runs the yemen based branch of al qaeda that has proven the most aggressive in plotting against the u.s. his group, is home to an explosives expert who over the past four years, has targeted u.s. bound airplanes with bombs hidden in underwear and computer printers. they have been battered by drone strikes. the deputy commander was killed earlier this year they remain dangerous and capable of inflicting serious damage. while u.s. officials were stunned they broke operational security openly discussing possible plots intelligence remains incomplete. analysts still can't say where, when or how an attack may be carried out so the u.s. has been forced into a blanket defense across north africa and the middle east 19 u.s. diplomatic missions will remain closed through saturday. while there is no indication that terrorists are targeting the u.s. main land security is being tightened around new york city landmarksome of the nations airports. while nothing obviously happened august 4th,
-election campaign. >> al qaeda is on the path to defeat and osama bin laden is dead. >> reporter: and months into the second term. >> al qaeda is a shell of its former self. >> reporter: in light of benghazi and the terror alert, graham says far from it. >> after benghazi, the al qaeda types are on steroids thinking we are weaking and they are stronger. >> is it fair to say al qaeda is on the path of defeat? >> most people who cover these issues understand that al qaeda core is the afghanistan/pack stain base. there's no question the al qaeda core has been greatly diminished. we have made clear over the past several years aqap, al qaeda in the arabian peninsula is a concern. >> reporter: al qaeda core is evolving. the man leading aqap is believed to be al qaeda's number two in command. >> i think what we have seen particularly since the death of osama bin laden is a metamorphosis of sorts within al qaeda. >> reporter: the question is whether the new al qaeda has the capacity to pull off a 9/11 style attack. the closing of embassies, some that are like bunkers a reminder the terror network ca
. obama and his administration love to brag about the killing of osama bin laden but they're not willing to acknowledge that osama bin laden is a product of the muslim brotherhood. president obama went to egypt in 2009 right at the beginning of his presidency to talk about religious tolerance and how we all need to live together and egypt was the gateway to the muslim world for a better relationship and now that christian churches are burning he's not standing up for christianity in the way that he should be. >> let me show you something. i should have thought of this earlier. this is from "the blaze" today. this is john kerry today. that's john kerry. he's kite boarding. do you ever go kite boarding? i don't even know what that is. there is our secretary of state. he's kite boarding and president of the united states is out there swinging a golf club every two seconds. >> don't forget in this day, the president can sign a law in boston. he can sign an executive order in california. he can sign a law -- so when he brings with him an entire apparatus when he travels. >> egypt is burning a
. these are armed attacks with r.p.g.'s, et cetera. it does make you wonder the kill of osama bin laden, a profound moral victory, didn't end the effectiveness of al qaeda. this is being manned by al zawahari who is at large. maybe we didn't end al qaeda by going -- >>steve: maybe we busted into the centralized al qaeda h.q. now it's fragmented all over. some are wondering whether or not you look at what happened in benghazi, where they killed four brave americans, clearly some sort of al qaeda-linked terror attack, and who's been held accountable. nobody. even though we knew, "the new york times" talked to some of the suspects and others have since then, we haven't done anything. now some are wondering is this a gross overreaction to some intel? susan rice, who is currently running the n.s.a., reportedly sees similarities trying to make sure this is not a repeat of what happened last year. here's lindsay graham and bill crystal. >> they are taking the right approach to this. benghazi was a complete failure. the threats were real there, reporting was real and we dropped the ball. we've learned from
senior al qaeda leaders and no warning since the killing of osama bin laden in may of 2011. something serious they've heard. i also think this is the reaction of the benghazi scandal. the administration does want to look like it's lax on security and not being aggressive enough. i think they're also being very, very broad in terms of shutting down so many embassies to be careful politically. >> if something else were to happen, of course, a lot of people critical of not having done enough. mark, i want to turn to you on this. we heard a lot over the last decade about how much al qaeda has been weakened by the war on terror, but does this contradict that? do these closures suggest they are stronger than we've been led to believe? >> i don't want to say it's contradicted and david has put his finger on it. the fact of the matter is we've always known despite the killing of osama bin laden that there's been a series of franchise organizations directly related to al qaeda. they've been in the caucuses in the north africa and the al qaeda which committed attacks in amgeria, as well as in l
analyst paul crookshank say there's a new twist, al qaeda's leader in yemen, one osama bin laden's personal secretary, is now reportedly the second in command in the worldwide operation. is this an opportunity potent l potentially for him to make his mark? >> it may well be. it could be his coming out party as the de facto number two of al qaeda. the plot was in the works at the same time as this announcement was going to come out that he was playing this bigger role in the al qaeda global terrorist network. >> president obama stuck to his planned weekend schedule, golfing and going to will camp david for his birthday. a white house official says the president will will continue to be updated about the threat through the weekend. the white house says it will not comment on intelligence in this case, particularly as it relates to a "new york times" report that says that some of this intelligence came from intercepted electronic communications between senior al qaeda operatives. our terrorism expert paul crookshank says regardless of what happens as a result of this threat, the te
of going after al qaeda directly. i don't think the administration that got osama bin laden, rhetorical bluster didn't bring oun osama bin laden, actual intelligence and aggressive maneuvers ron insana side of pakistan did. i don't think the former dictators in libya or in egypt would think that this president has been weak. i think what we've seen is a president who has tried to get the united states to conform and comport with the sort of moral standing that -- >> i don't think -- now i feel i need to counter on the other side, becae the fact of the matter is barack obama has adopted policies that i think have actually been less targeted. he will fire drones into countries where we aren't even at war. when we had a plan, a policy, a program that would allow us to go and snatch terrorists out like khalid sheikh mohammed. bring them out without killing their 4-year-old daughters, without killing their grandmothers, without killing everybody in the general vicinity. and i've got to say, nothing that he has done has made us comport to international standards more than under george w. bush
who was formerly osama bin laden's secretary. we know that there was chatter. but we don't know the most important things. exactly where, exactly when. so we've seen a blanket response in much of the muslim world and the question is how long can you keep this up. these kind of attacks, these militants, aren't going to be deterred for very long. this might throw off their game. it might, according to analysts we've been speaking to, cause them to change their timing but al qaeda in the iranian peninsula has been there for several years and has been very aggressive for the last several years. >> pete williams, we know that they were increasing security on flights coming from overseas to the united states. they don't see a domestic component to this. but a lot of people are wondering, we know that osama bin laden stopped his people from using cell phones. so what kind of communications -- what kifbd ch kind of chatt eter is intercept presumably from the nsa? >> we don't know if this is on the phone, is it e-mails or some other kind of communication we aren't thinking about. i'm tol
succeeded osama bin laden zawahiri. the two men reportedly agreed that they wanted to do something big. timed to the end of the muslim holy month of ramadan which is right now. and that's what led the united states to close 19 embassies. there they are on the map and consulates in the mideast and africa. there's still a lot that remains unknown including which target. over the weekend, one thing clear from every lawmaker and official with knowledge of the attack, nobody's crying wolf here. this is one of the most serious threats in years. >> been an awful lot of hatter out there, chatter means conversations among terrorists about the planning that's going on, very reminiscent of what we saw pre-9/11. this is the most serious threat that i've seen in the last several years. >> we need to know and realize we're living in an increasingly dangerous world and this many specific threat that we've been briefed on over and over again has reached a new level. >> i must say this is probably one of the most specific incredible threats i've seen perhaps since 9/11 because of the specificity, becau
is in afghanistan, alongside osama bin laden and kaurted and went back to prison and escaped from prison. >> what is going on with these prison breaks? >> it's scary. >> this was while ago but we had someone the last couple of weeks as well. >> the last couple of weeks very dramatic prison breaks. over a thousand taliban prisoners were able to escape in the hinterlands. a couple of days ago 4,000 prisoners walked out of leppo prisoner after islamic state of iraq launched an attack on that prison. we have seen prison breaks in iraq and abu ghraib and elsewhere. some of them gotten out we never will see again but unfortunately we will see some again and we will find out they are as dedicated what they were sent there to begin with. >> general, what do we need to do? what is the strategy moving forward? because when it comes to the middle east, obviously, we are getting out of iraq and afghanistan. we are helping some of the rebels some syria. seems like we are relying on drones to go after so many targets now. what is the strategy moving forward? >> i think we have probably done about as well as we
leader, is considered perhaps even more dangerous at one stage he was osama bin laden's secretary. and some intelligence analysts say he may be wanting to prove himself to try and exert himself on the international stage by carrying out some sort of terror attack in yemen or abroad. but not all u.s. diplomats are happy with this situation. they say there needs to be xurpt, but they also say they can't do their jobs if they're locked behind big walls like this one. lester? >> richard engel reporting from cairo. let's bring in our chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell. andrea, we know from previous experience the u.s. can't maintain this red alert posture indefinitely so what's the plan going forward here? >> it really is day by day. the intelligence of an impending attack as you're reporting is serious but they still don't know the specific target. there are several other threats, possibility for the retaliation for the drone strike richard just mentioned and a threatening speech last week by ayman al zawahiri. the upcoming anniversary this week of bombings of tanzani
communications between al qaeda's main leader after osama bin laden's death and the head of al qaeda in yemen. abc news has also learned tonight why this threat that was emanating from overseas has now caused such alarm in the u.s. tonight, beefed up law enforcement, heightened awareness at airports from l.a. to new york, and more scrutiny on those trying to enter the country. a senior u.s. official tells abc news that the plot started in yemen and tonight u.s. officials are franticly searching for vehicle bombs al qaeda wants to use to blow up the u.s. embassy there and perhaps others as well. abc news has also learned that through surveillance and electronic eavesdropping more was discovered, including communications between al qaeda affiliates and someone in the u.s., not just electronic conversations but through the mail as well. the u.s. does not know the content of the letters. >> in terrorist communications in general, the simpler, more primitive forms of communication, the more effective they are. >> reporter: this is who al qaeda has been communicating with in yemen. one of those beh
happen as early as yesterday. nasir al-wuhayshi, once the personal secretary to osama bin laden, runs the yemen based branch of al qaeda that has proven to be the most aggressive in plotting against the u.s. bound airplanes with bombs hidden inside underwear and computer printers. al qaeda in the arabian peninsula has been battered by drone strikes. deputy commander saed al-shihri was killed earlier this year. but counterterrorism officials warn al qaeda in the arabian peninsula remains dangerous and capable of inflicting serious damage. while u.s. officials were stunned that veteran al qaeda leaders broke operational security by openly discussing possible plots, the intelligence remains incomplete. analysts who worked throughout we weekend still can't say where, when, or how an attack may be carried out. so the u.s. has been forced into a blanket defense. across north africa and the middle east 19 u.s. diplomatic missions will remain closed through saturday. and while there is no indication that terrorists are targeting the u.s. mainland, security is being tightened around new york c
. communicating with the head of al qaeda in yemen about a terror attack. >> catherine: that man, once osama bin laden's personal secretary, is reportedly now the second in command in the organization world wide. it >> may well be this a naser al-wuhayshi's coming out party as the number two of al >> catherine: qaeda. the wording indicated the preparations are in the final stages. >>it basically could be in europe. it could be in the united states. it could be a series of combined attacks. so, we need to be ready for everything. >> catherine: the u-s response has gone beyond the worldwide travel warning and closing embassies defense secretary chuck hagel ordered u.s. forces in spain and italy onto a higher state of alert. fifteen-hundred marines on board three navy warships in the red sea will now remain off the coast of yemen, ready to react. >> catherine: u-s intelligence officials have said he could be the most dangerous terrorist america faces. ibraham al-asiri, only 31- years old. master bomb-maker for the group 'al qaeda in the arabian peninsula'. "the ability to smuggle a, essentially, u
as sunday, august 4th. wuhayshi who was once the personal secretary to osama bin laden runs the yemen-based branch of al qaeda that has proven to be the most agress any of plotting against the u.s. his group, aqap is home to an explosive expert who over the past two years has targeted u.s.-bond airplanes with bombs hidden inside of underwear. and computer printers. aqap has been battered by drone strikes. deputy commander saeed al shihri was killed earlier this year. but counterintelligence officials warn that aqap remains dangerous and capable of inflicting serious damage. while u.s. officials were stunned that veteran al qaeda leaders broke operational security by openly discussing intelligence plots, the intelligence remains incomplete. analysts who worked throughout the weekend still can't say when, where or how an attack may be carried out. so the u.s. has been forced into a blanket defense across north africa and the middle east, 19 u.s. diplomatic missions will remain closed through saturday. and while there is no indication that terrorists are targeting the u.s. mainland, secu
on the people who actually attacked us on 9/11. today al qaeda is on the run and osama bin laden is dead. >> there are reports, too, the leader who replaced osama bin laden has given two speeches saying the muslim world needs to unite, said he disagrees with the u.s. policy going on in egypt as well. also, this is the 27th day of ramadan, also known as the night of power, the time when moham d mohammed -- if you're a believer, when mohammed got the first versus for the koran. >> the massive prison brakes across the region. >> not everybody believes al qaeda is on the run. >> apparently al qaeda doesn't agree. they strung more than 1,000 people from prisons in various countries. >> last week. >> 1200 prisoners in a single break. >> benghazi. >> how do you do that? >> a massive one at abu ghraib prison in iraq, too. here is the general on the al qaeda threat that we face. >>. >> certainly after 9/11 we clearly had al qaeda on the run because we responded to quickly to that threat and intercepted a lot of other threats and killed a bunch of leaders in the process. they have had time to reg
think that's been the situation since well before osama bin laden and his key deputies were killed. al qaeda and affiliated similar networks continue to grow around the globe. jenna: speaking of the president, we have a sound bite from a little more recent than last year talking about the war on terror and one of the president's big speeches about foreign policy. let's take a listen to that. i'll get your reaction. >> today osama bin laden is dead and so are most of his top lieutenants. our homeland is more secure. a few of our troops are in harm's way and over the next 19 months, they'll continue to come home. our alliances is strong and so is our standing in the world. we are safer because of our efforts. jenna: that's what our viewers have heard from the president. this is the paradigm that the president was describing to us. no large scale attacks, yet we're seeing the shutting of our embassies overseas, we're told not to travel for at least another several weeks and this is all moving up until the next anniversary of 9/11. so what should we think about our safety? >> look. i have
to coordinate, and if osama bin laden was calling someone in the united states, we n't his stockbroker.hat because people need to know that the government is not going to gary all this information on them and one day in the future use it against them or have it leaked. this is a legitimate issue, and balancing those is not easy, and i think what we're struggling with as a country, how to protect americans and also protect their individual liberties and private expectations. it's not a trivial issue. >> neil: looks like republican are having a hard time reconciling those two extremes to hear senator paul tell it, if we're getting these constant reports out of the nsa that it went beyond just collecting over 115 million american phone records, to the latest news that is was every e-mail, every site folks went on so much information, so fast, they really couldn't even hold it that long because it was too massive to hold. that does raise the kind of concerns that senator paul has had, that chris christie seems to dismiss. >> but first of all, of course, we always need to be reviewing the s
like embassies. one official calls it "a very active plot" led by osama bin laden's personal secretary. in recent days one official said a lot starting blinking red so now look at the man. every embassy that's supposed to be open is shut and right in the middle cairo. americans here keeping their heads down. ? >> i just keep as low a profile as i can. i look like an american and that said i don't walk into harm's way intentionally. avoid large crowds where i can. >> reporter: and it's not clear when this embassy will behind me will re-open but this morning a senior official say in yemen the threat is higher than it's been a long time. dan, bianna, across this region a lot are on high alert. >> nick, our thanks to you. meanwhile, what has been primarily a foreign concern has become a domestic one too. abc news learned homeland official officials are boosting presence at airports and train stations. >> and looking harder at visitors coming in from overseas of let's go to martha raddatz in washington where she's filling in for george on "this week" this morning. martha, we have beefed up
. one official calls it a very active plot, led by osama bin laden's personal secretary. they have been tracking chatter, but in recent days one official said a lot started blinking red. so now look at the map. every embassy that's supposed to be open right now is shut, and right in the middle cairo. americans here keeping their heads down. >> keep as low a profile as i can. obviously i'm a sizable guy that looks like what i am, an american. and that said, i don't walk into harm's way intentionally. avoid large crowds where i can. >> meanwhile, president obama's top military advisor and chairman of the giants chiefs of staff, general martin dempsey, said the threats intercepted are significant and officials are taking the threats seriously. on" this week "he sat down in an exclusive interview with martha raditz. he said how a possible terrorist attack could be carried out, he said the threats appear to be far reaching. >> a significant threat strain and we are reacting to it. >> is the threat to blow up an embassy, consulate or something else? >> that part is unspecified burke the inten
complicated, because pre-9/11 it was pretty much just afghanistan. it was osama bin laden, and al qaeda senior leadership. that has since spread to somalia, yemen. we have problems in mali now. there are cells in different places. but we also have many, many more assets that we have brought to bear to try to contain them. to try to take out their leadership and try to undermine their plans. so they are still a threat. i would not agree that they're stronger than pre-9/11. >> and one of the theories is that one of the reasons we're seeing these threats right now is in that there's a lot of anger behind recent drone attacks in some of the parts of the world where the embassies are being closed, particularly in yemen. do you think that the use of these drones, so commonly in that part of the world, is actually fueling more anti-american sentiment, that's ultimately making us less safe in those areas? >> well, i mean, it's hard to say. because on the one hand there's no question that the drone strikes have made us more safe. in one very clear way, they've undermined the ability of these folks to p
tower rises above the new york skyline and al qaeda's on the path to defeat and osama bin laden is dead. >> let's bring in cnn security analyst peter bergen. peter, you heard the president say last fall that al qaeda was on the path to defeat but now you see this. is this a result of a reorganization of al qaeda? does it appear as though it is still a threat or even more so of a threat than it once was even with the removal of bin laden and several of the lieutenants? >> well, fredericka, al qaeda hasn't attacked the united states since 9/11. since july 7th, 2005.the west - and under the obama administration, almost the entire top leadership is either killed in drone strikes or in the case of bin laden killed in a navy s.e.a.l. raid and the documents recovered from the bin laden compound paint an organization that well under the pressures they were under and thinking of moving from western pakistan where all the drones are concentrated in to a remote area of afghanistan, a web of the al qaeda brand has been tarnished by the actions of al qaeda in iraq, et cetera, et cetera. so that port
was all but left for dead? >> today al qaeda is on its heels and osama bin laden is dead. >> from the attack on the u.s. embassy in benghazi, libya, to the armed takeover of a gas facility in algeria that killed three americans. >> after benghazi, these al qaeda types are really on steroids thinking we're weaker and they're stronger. >> plus those jail breaks in the last few weeks, followed by this unprecedented closing of two dozen diplomatic posts and an interpol alert, dire warnings being issued on capitol hill. >> this is your wake-up call. al qaeda is in many ways stronger than before 9/11. >> and nowhere is the bomb making threat of al qaeda more on display than in yemen. >> there are indications in the last week or two that the head of al qaeda's war in pakistan has appointed nasir al wahayshi has his head man. >> so does this indicate al qaeda is in an surge snns -- insurgence? gentlemen, thank you so much for being here. what do you think of this news that zawahri has handed over the number two position. >> it's amazing that he would outsource operations to someone thousa
on terror is over. osama bin laden was killed, and he was killed. but the bottom line is you can try to kill al qaeda or any other groups like this vertically but they are greg horizontally while we're sleeping, and they're -- let's connect the dots. they're growing on the ground, growing on the internet, on social media groups. they have a magazine, al qaeda has a magazine called "inspire" we learn about through the boston bombers, learning how to make homemade bombs. they're encouraging lone wolf attacks and the old-school group is still continuing to plan bombs and the new school or younger followers are now trying to recruit other followers -- >> neil: apparent live a lot of -- apparently a lot of them. one thing we discovered in the last few week wes had the prison breaks, hundreds of al qaeda types in and looks like locusts throughout the region and they're angry, they're jazzed, they want to do something. and -- what do you think? >> isn't it curious that some of bin laden's stated goals were to overthrow what he called the corrupt regimes in the region, expel the infidels from the ho
to what it was with osama bin laden. you got this global entity of cells, which may or may not be linked together, may be working entirely independently. very, very hard to take on an enemy like that. >> this is the problem with the war on terror, get osama bid laden and possible for new groups and cells to spring up. the situation we got we were able to have a return to normal where terrorism became a low-level threat, one of the things the president said in his interview with jay leno tonight, americans are much more likely to die in a car accident than terror attack. that's healthy the way they think of foreign policy and if there is a big event that happens in the middle east, i think it could change that in a negative way and force us, draw us back in. >> it has to be noted for the talk about the nsa and invasion of people's pra vice and so on and so on they are successful in a huge afrosty. >> think not why we've been successful in preventing come mess tick terrier -- >> do we know that? >> i wouldn't want to yield my personal or public serk ke secu. we see embassy bombings and ter
his 2012 reelection campaign. he said the war in afghanistan is ending. al-qaeda is on the run. osama bin laden is dead. mr. obama has also claimed that al-qaeda's core leadership is decimated, and who can forget during the first presidential run in 2008 when he vowed to root out al-qaeda, close guantanamo and improve america's moral stature around the world. then the drones came and the world sees us as merciless. merciless is what we should have been a long time ago in this conflict. new strategies and double talking generals reduced warfare to an academic exercise, shape shifting and parsing above the gravity of the enemy's threat, playing the stump master with slogans, anything to avoid saying outright what the average american knows. terrorists are alive and waiting for the big jihad payoff. why shouldn't they be when in 2009 the president announced that he was adding a token 30,000 u.s. troops to our afghan force at the same time he revealed his plan for a phased withdrawal. this was a courtesy to an al-qaeda and taliban actors who now had an expiration date for america's war. o
the state department has issued a worldwide travel alert for americans, it's the first since osama bin laden was killed. it warns terrorists may elect to use a variety of means and weapons and target both official and private interests. that warning in effect through august. security is also being increased across the u.s. out of what authorities are calling an abundance of caution although they say there is no specific threat to the homeland and joint chiefs of staff general martin dempsey says the threat is specific and serious. >> a significant threat stream and we're reacting to it. >> is the threat to employee up an embassy, a consulate or something else? >> that part of it is unspecified, but the intent seems clear. the intent is to attack western, not just u.s. interests. >> now, the focus is on the al qaeda branch in yemen where experts say the terror group is on the rise. we have complete coverage for you. nbc's kristen well kearse at the white house and nbc news foreign news correspondent richard engel is in cairo. what's the latest there. >> reporter: i'm still struck by that map
other than osama bin laden's successor. a shutdown has been extended. 19 american diplomatic embassies in the middle east and africa will remain closed for the rest of this week. chris lawrence is joining us now, he's got more on the threat, the u.s. response. what's the latest? >> reporter: local security teams have installed extra blast walls outside some american embassies and a newly formed quick reaction team of 500 marines is now ready to deploy within four hours from its base in spain. while u.s. officials still don't know if it involves embassies or planes, trains or bases, it's clear why they're telling the americans to take it seriously. the cascade of warnings was triggered by intercepted communication, which is now being revealed as a direct order from al qaeda's leader. cnn has learned he ordered his new deputy in yemen to basically do something and launch an attack. that deputy high on the u.s. target list. along with another yemeni, al qaeda's master bomb maker. >> the threat emanates from and maybe focused on occurring in the arabian peninsula rather, but it could poten
-zawahiri was second in command now first in command because osama bin laden has been killed. apparently he was having communications with the leader of al qaeda's arabian peninsula affiliate. a gentleman named nasiral wuhayshi. that is what fox news has been able to confirm, what originally set off the fear there was a major and imminent attack underway. i think what's become more scary, judge, is yesterday during the press briefing with jay carney, the president's spokesperson, he would not rule out the fact this could be on united states soil as well. >> i hate when they do that. they shouldn't scare people nedlessly. first of all, anything is possible and anything is potential. the question is is it more likely than not. the two pictures on the skraoeb, when the white house -- on the screen, when the revealed they were having communication with each other, and i'm glad they have it, we've declared war on it, they are in charge of that organization, they're not americans, they have every right to listen to them, did the white house reveal what we know about them in order to justify the president sp
this is not comparable to osama bin laden by a long shot. mr. snowden may have done some damage to american national security, but unlike in the cold war days, it's not as if a defector has shown up in russia and is providing them with information the u.s. doesn't know about. i think at this point the intelligence officials who i've spoeb to pretty well indicate that they understand what mr. snowden downloaded. they understand what he's published. presumably they understand what he's not yet published, and they -- so they have sort of confined the problem. that doesn't make it any easier but it does mean that they are not sitting there wondering what he's going to say or do next. >> edward snowden, sort of amusing that his idea is to become a human rights activist. russia not known for its respect for human rights necessarily. does edward are snowden at this point have any intelligence value to russia? the main thing a lot of us are skeptical about,'s going to be freely able to perform as any other person in russia, that he has some value to the government there, at least in theory. does he really?
american interests like embassies. one official calls it "a very active plot" led by osama bin laden's former personal secretary. the u.s. had been tracking his chatter but in recent days, one official said "a lot started blinking red" so now look at the map. every embassy that's supposed to be open right now is shut and right in the middle cairo. americans here keeping their heads down. >> i do keep as low a profile as i can. obviously i'm a sizable guy that looks like what i am, an american and that said, i don't walk into harm's way intentionally. avoid large crowds where i can. >> reporter: and it's not clear when this embassy will behind me will re-open, but this morning a senior official saying in yemen the threat is higher than it's been a long time. dan, bianna, across this region a lot of people are on high alert. >> all right. nick, our thanks to you. and, meanwhile, what has been primarily a foreign concern has now become a domestic one too. abc news has learned that homeland official officials are boosting presence at airports and train stations. >> they're also taking a
been issued since the u.s. braced for retaliation after american special operations killed osama bin laden two years ago. this time, multiple sources tell nbc news the threat originates from yemen from a plot by al qaeda's branch in the arabian peninsula. the suspected target or targets are not just american diplomats in embassies, but western interests in general. we're told the threat is credible, serious and time for now the tail end of ramadan. the location is believed to be in yemen, but some u.s. officials worried plotters could try to strike beyond that country and initiated a blanket, catch-all response. >> this is a serious threat, but it should be noted in light of what happened in benghazi that officials are taking no chances whatsoever. >> reporter: so why al qaeda in yemen? it has a core group of skilled bomb makers and propagandists who operate in areas where the government has little authority. the group is motivated and aggressive and under attack. last month one of the top leaders was killed in a drone attack. the group wants revenge. but when? u.s. officials have to
embassies this remains a very active plot led by osama bin laden's former personal secretary. across the mideast, u.s. embassies look like siege points. in yemen heavily armed local troops ring the american compound, manning security check points and patting down passers-by. from western africa to bangladesh, a 7,000-mile security belt was pulled tight. leaving 22 u.s. embassies and consulates dark and empty. >> there is a significant threat stream and we're reacting to it. >> reporter: u.s. intelligence intercepted al qaeda communications about an attack on strategically significant american interests. but the exact target remains unclear. >> we have received information that high level people from al qaeda in arabian peninsula are talking about a major attack. >> reporter: one official told abc news the part that is alarming is the confidence they show while communicating and air of certainty. one major worry explosives placed inside suicide bombers. we're concerned about surgically implanted devices. the official said. these are guys who have developed the techniques to defeat our
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